Feb 10, 1980

Mingyur Rinpoche's first visit to Nagi Hermitage

Mingyur Tulku with Ivy, his maternal grandmother and Erik, 1980.

On the same day that I received the pointing out instruction from Tulku Urgyen up at Nagi Gompa I was standing outside chatting with someone on the lawn in front of the temple when I felt this strange feeling in my little finger. I swung my head to see who or what it might be but no one was there. Then I looked down and there was this lovely little boy, with ears like a little elf, rubbing one of his ears against my finger. He looked up at me and gave me a big smile.

Later, I happened to see him sitting in his room and he was running the whole show, ordering everyone around including his grandfather (who happens to be a respected lama himself) and his mother. He knew where everything was supposed to be and was acting like the head of the family. He was very sweet and very determined at the same time. I later discovered that this was no other than Tulku Urgyen’s youngest son Mingyur Rinpoche. And as he grew up it became apparent that no one could change his mind about anything, so it is a good thing that he is playing on the right side of the force.  

Today Mingyur Rinpoche is a world-renowned master in his own right and founder of numerous monasteries and Tergar centers.